I’d never heard of FIDGET SPINNER until last month, when my son told me he had to have one. And then I got to know that this clever little gadget is ruling the kid’s world. Not only Kids, even adults can’t seem to leave home without them. They’re small, they’re colorful, and they’re everywhere.
Fidget Spinner Design:
Fidget spinners are designed to spin with little effort. A basic fidget spinner consists of a two- or three-pronged design with a ball bearing in its center circular pad. A person holds the center pad while the toy spins. They are made from various materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper, aluminum and plastic.
The bearings are generally ceramic, metal (stainless steel or chrome), and some are hybrids—such as ceramic balls with stainless races and cages. Each fidget spinner also has two or more weights on the outside that make it spin faster and stay balanced. Bearings can vary to adjust for the design’s spin time, vibration, and noise, causing unique sensory feedback.
Fidget Spinner Origin:
Catherine Hettinger, a woman living in the Orlando area, is the inventor of the fidget spinner.
Originally conceived in the 1980s, Catherine came up with the idea for the fidget spinner in response to seeing children throw stones at police while on a trip to Israel. “It started as a way of promoting peace.”
She launched the first fidget spinner in 1993 to no avail – she took it to companies like Hasbro (who, despite now selling fidget spinners themselves, rejected the product at the time Catherine pitched it) and ended up using it to calm her own nerves before big pitch meetings.
The inventor is now planning to launch her own original model, aptly called the Classic Spinner, with the help of a Kick starter campaign.
Are Fidget Spinners Good or Bad For Kids?
Fidget spinner makers say their toys can be an antidote to fidgeting children with attention disorders.
Likewise, these claims suggest children with anxiety and autism may find some relief with the repetitive motion of the toy.
A fidget spinner seller on Amazon writes its products are “ideal for people trying to quit nail biting, smoking, leg shaking, and all types of attention disorder issues.” While there isn’t a lot of research out there to back up this claim, there are many parents who agree that these gadgets have helped their fidgety child focus.
While other parents claim that these little gadgets may just keep their kids off the electronics and desiring to attempt tricks and be outside with these spinners to test what they can do. Anything that helps keep kids off electronics must be a good thing, right?
Fidgeting is not necessarily good always until it starts interfering with your ability to accomplish tasks, or you begin interrupting the people around you.
Many schools across the world have started to ban Fidget spinner, citing that they are a toy not a therapeutic device. With the spinning action of the bearings within this device, many kids are distracting other students and teachers had to say enough is enough.
If your child is spinning the Fidget spinner out of control to the point that it’s going super-fast, the gadget may fly out of your kids hand and into the face of another student or worse. Yet, these may help kids with attention and focus but they certainly can pose a slight danger.
Some of the brands contain age restrictions and choking hazard warnings.
Finally, Fidget spinners come in all types of colors and design types. They are designed to relieve stress and help kids with focus. After using one, I can see how a fidget spinner might just do that. I think eating on a healthy diet, exercising and learning solid stress coping skills is best, but if this can help to ease the mental anguish of a child even a little, I suppose it’s worth it.
Here are some real time opinion from Parents & Friends about Fidget Spinner:
“It’s a good time pass not only for kids even for elders” by a dad
“Has a greater risk of addiction, so I don’t recommend for children or for elders”
“In my opinion kids will not get addicted to things so soon. They will use it initially not only fidget spinner anything for that matter and soon they will forget it. And parents should explore their kids with different things so that they will get to know many things…and should not leave them only with gadgets”
“My nephew and my son hardly played with it the very first few days they were with it all day now they don’t even touch those spinners”
“It improves concentration only in autism patients not for all”
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